A 20-year-old female student and three men of Lusaka’s Matero Township have been dragged to court for aggravated robbery involving over K14,000 belonging to Pembe Flour Mills Company and a Huawei P8 cell phone.
The four who include, Robert Chikungu, 28, a businessman; Joel Mwale, 26, a general worker; Gloria Aliniacwe, 20, a student at Standard High School and Abudulate Ahmed, 31, a businessman, appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Felix Kaoma yesterday for the explanation of the charge.
They have been charged with two counts of aggravated robbery.
In count one, it is alleged that on March 15, this year in Lusaka, the four, acting with others unknown, stole K14,465, property of Pembe Flour Mills Company and immediately before or after such stealing used or threatened to use actual violence to Francis Tembo to obtain or overcome resistance to its being stolen or retained.
In count two, it is alleged that on the same date, the four stole a Huawei P8 cellphone valued at K1,100, the property of Tembo and immediately before or after stealing, the four used or threatened to use violence to the said Tembo in order to obtain or overcome resistance to it being stolen or retained.
After magistrate Kaoma read the charges to them and asked whether they understood them, the four responded in the affirmative.
At this point, magistrate Kaoma informed them that they would not take plea before his court because the offences they were charged with could only be tried by the High Court.
“You will be appearing before this court for mentions awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions chambers,” said Magistrate Kaoma.
He remanded the four in custody and adjourned the matter to May 29, this year, for mention.